Thursday, May 28, 2015


Just a little digital sketch I did yesterday. I named her Agatha because I think she looks like an Agatha, and I love the name Agatha, and had my third child been a girl, that child would probably have been christened Agatha. I don't why she's sad, but perhaps I can cheer her up today when I'm sketching.

nessa dee

Monday, May 25, 2015

Draw This! Bounce

SCBWI has started a new feature for illustrators to submit work based on a monthly prompt. The first month's prompt word is bounce...and this is what I came up with:

I'm going to try to participate each month, so you should be seeing more of these in the future.

Happy Memorial Day!

nessa dee

Friday, May 22, 2015

Was I dreaming?

We just returned from the best beach in the world. It felt like a dream...every part of it, including the unusual adventure taken to get everyone to this destination. I'll share the whole story with you soon, but not quite yet... I'm still on beach time.

nessa dee

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The World According to Gus

The following statements are observations straight from the mouth of Gus.

- "Momma, your teeth are wronging."

- "Momma, don't make me go to prekool, and don't make me come home cause it makes my tongue go up and down. "(How Gus described having the hiccups)

- Running to the door one morning, he looked out the window and asked, "Where'd the moon go, Momma? Is it hiding in the dark?" I melted.

- Heman's montra: "By the power of preschool!"

- After putting on a pair of boots, "Look! I'm a cowboy horse like PaPa Jack!"

- Me: "August, that was some pretty singing!"                                                                                    
  Gus: "You're welcome, Momma."

- At a roller skating rink: "Momma, I need car shoes!"

- Hiding under a towel: "Look, Momma! I'm upside down! I go up, and then I go down!"

- "Is it upside down, or upside up?"

- Gus: "Is Trixie (our dog) a grill or a boy?
  Me: "She's a girl."
  Gus: "Where's her earrings?"

Honestly, I don't know why this child is such a ham.


nessa dee

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Meet Nigel and Mr. Turtle

I met a couple of new characters yesterday. This is Nigel and Mr. Turtle. This wasn't our first meeting. Nigel popped up in my sketchbook last week, and Mr. Turtle joined him during church on Sunday. (I listen to the sermons better if my hand is busy...honest) They were so cute, I had to see what they would look like in color with their matching outfits. 

And now I'm introducing them to you. :)

nessa dee

Materials used: Acrylic paint, scrapbook paper, glue, and embroidery thread.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The String

Here are a couple of images for a new wordless picture book I'm working on...

I'm still exploring with the final style, but I like the limited color palette and textural element with using actual embroidery thread.


nessa dee

Sunday, April 12, 2015


For some reason, nine seems so much older than eight. I know it's just one year, but the idea of my son turning nine is harder to wrap my mind around. I'm pretty sure I've already said this, and that I'll say the same thing next year. It's hard to accept that time just keeps ticking on, seemingly faster and faster taking your children with it.

Sweet, sweet, Finn. You're my snuggle buddy, my prankster, and my deep thinker. You can be quite shy at times, but never at home. You're a confident user of large words, half of which you're unsure of the definition, but you don't let that stop you. If you don't know how to do something, you'll boldly state that you can teach yourself. You are also very good at explaining how things work, even if you don't know how they work. ( I believe this is a strong trait from a particular side of the family. :) I love your confidence, your mind, and your sweet heart, Mr. Finn. And of course, I love you!

Happy 9th birthday, my son!